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Can Wal-Mart's Supplier Sustainability Index Translate To The Industrial Segment?

April 18, 2014 9:29 am | by Robert Kravitz, AlturaSolutions Communications | Blogs | Comments

Nearly 10 years ago, Wal-Mart launched a major sustainability program impacting the majority of its stores. While good for the environment and helping to promote sustainablity, Wal-Mart also found these changes lowered the company’s costs. Wal-Mart realized that if its vendors and suppliers could take similar steps, they too might be able to reduce operating costs.

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2013 Big 50 List

September 1, 2014 2:46 pm | by Industrial Distribution Staff | News | Comments

The Big 50 list highlights a group of companies who are aggressive and progressive. This year's list shows a significant amount of revenue growth, more than typical amounts of consolidation, and even a notably absent name (Barnes Distribution, now a part of MSC). It’s a tough marketplace, and the strong survive and thrive. If anything in these pages inspires confidence, we hope it’s the leadership of an industry that refuses to slow down.

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Internet Retailer Amazon To Start Collecting Taxes In FL

April 18, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Currently, Floridians are supposed to pay taxes for online purchases, but there's no way to enforce the law. The state can't force companies like Amazon to collect the tax unless it has a physical presence, such as a warehouse or store.

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Snap-on 1Q Sales Up 6.2%

April 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Snap-on Industrial | News | Comments

Sales of $787.5 million increased $45.8 million, or 6.2%, from 2013 levels; excluding $15.2 million of acquisition-related sales and $5.9 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation, organic sales increased 5.0%.             

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Handheld Strengthens Its U.S. Sales Department, Renews Focus On Developing Partner Networks

April 18, 2014 9:59 am | by The Handheld Group | News | Comments

As Handheld US’s vertical sales manager, Jeff Watkin will be responsible for building and supporting Handheld’s partner network in numerous industries, including utilities, construction, and manufacturing.         

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IndustryHuddle Gains 10,000 Users, Enhances Job Search Features

April 18, 2014 9:55 am | by Industry Huddle | News | Comments

Online resources, cost savings promotions, and the “Huddle Savings” program also enable companies to save big on their operational and business expenses.                 

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United Stationers Offers Breakroom Boot Camps To Educate, Drive Growth

April 18, 2014 9:50 am | by United Stationers | News | Comments

Throughout the remainder of 2014, United Stationers will host several Cleaning & Breakroom Sales Boot Camp and Supplier Summits. This series of two-and-a-half day events taking place in various locations around the country is aimed at helping resellers capture new sales growth in the JanSan category.

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Hamilton Rolls Out New Caster Series

April 18, 2014 9:42 am | by Hamilton Caster | Product Releases | Comments

The new series represents the company's highest rated caster series designed for heavy duty ground support and heavy manufacturing applications over rough surfaces. 

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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Barcode Data Collection Methods

April 17, 2014 12:02 pm | White Papers

When planning to deploy a new data collection system at your company, there are a lot of points to consider before signing on the dotted line. So prior to making the investment, assess the unique needs of your company. Analyze your business process requirements and the technology infrastructure. Those tasks may seem daunting, but it will ultimately mean the difference between extreme frustration and a sense of accomplishment once the solution is deployed. Having the right technology in place will mean the job gets done with the desired results that fit your overall business goals.

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China Factories Face New Challenge As Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 9:56 am | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low-cost producer is no longer enough to prosper.              

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ESAB Completes Colfax Acquisition Of Victor Technologies

April 17, 2014 9:53 am | by ESAB | News | Comments

The acquisition complements the geographic footprint of ESAB, as well as expands ESAB's product portfolio into new segments and applications. It brings together two leading organizations with world-class products, technologies, and R&D.   

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Worthington Names Vice President Of Mergers & Acquisitions

April 17, 2014 9:49 am | by Worthington Industries | News | Comments

Joe Hayek has joined Worthington Industrial as vice president of mergers & acquisitions and corporate development, a newly created position focused on identifying and acquiring new businesses.             

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Fastenal Founders Bob Kierlin, Steve Slaggie To Retire From Board of Directors

April 17, 2014 9:42 am | by Fastenal Company | News | Comments

Although both will remain part of the 'Fastenal family' as mentors, advisors, and friends, their retirement marks the end of their official roles with the organization they helped build from a small-town fastener shop into a multibillion-dollar global business.

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Connecting Constant Contact To Dynamics CRM

April 16, 2014 5:07 pm | by InfoGrow | Product Releases | Comments

CRM2Emails offers organizations that use Microsoft Dynamics CRM the opportunity to have seamless Email Marketing capabilities, says the company.

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Lean And Beyond: Increasing The Awareness Of MRO

April 16, 2014 5:00 pm | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The recognition that a world-class MRO operation is a necessary component of reliable equipment is essential. Subsequently, awareness is not enough; the ability to actually implement change is critical to produce a competitive and reliable product.

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Trip Management Solutions For Private Fleets

April 16, 2014 10:00 am | by XRS Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The TRP service will help fleets manage the productivity and efficiency of their equipment and drivers within a single, comprehensive application, monitoring trips and routes with “planned vs. actual” reporting and real-time insight, says the company.

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Bunzl Announces Sales Data, Acquisitions In Chile; The U.S.; New Zealand

April 16, 2014 9:53 am | by Bunzl plc | News | Comments

Overall trading has been consistent with expectations at the time of the annual results announcement in February. Acquisition growth continues to be a key part of the company’s strategy and Bunzl announced that it has completed three further acquisitions in Chile, the US and New Zealand.

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Grainger 1Q Sales Up 5%

April 16, 2014 9:48 am | by W.W. Grainger, Inc. | News | Comments

Sales of $2.4 billion increased 5% versus $2.3 billion in the first quarter of 2013. Net earnings for the quarter increased 2% to $217 million versus $212 million in 2013. Earnings per share of $3.07 increased 4% versus $2.94 in 2013.    

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Johnson Controls To Acquire Air Distribution Technologies For $1.6B

April 16, 2014 9:40 am | by Johnson Controls | News | Comments

Within the Johnson Controls portfolio, Air Distribution Technologies will be aligned under the Building Efficiency platform where it will operate with its own brands, distribution channels and employees. The combination of the two companies will be jointly guided by Johnson Controls and Air Distribution Technologies leadership.

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MSC Sees Improvement In Manufacturing, Government Sales

April 16, 2014 9:36 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Jack Keough weighs in on MSC Industrial Direct's second quarter earnings, including MSC's President and CEO Erik Gershwind's comments to financial analysts that manufacturing, particularly the metalworking sector, has “improved considerably” from what had been occurring during the past 18 months.

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4 Signs Your Warehouse Needs a Barcoding System

April 15, 2014 4:48 pm | White Papers

Picture this...Employees are wandering the aisles of your warehouse, trying to find an inventory item to complete a shipment that must go out today. Unfortunately, the item appears to be either out of stock or has been placed in the wrong section of your facility. The problem is your manual records are incorrect — so you have no way of knowing.

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